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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 June 2007, 12:56 GMT 13:56 UK
Johnson recovering after surgery
Andrew Johnson
Johnson missed the last two games of Everton's season
Everton striker Andrew Johnson has begun his rehabilitation after coming through ankle surgery.

The England forward's season ended in April when he limped off against West Ham - forcing him to miss his country's matches against Brazil and Estonia.

But he has now had excess bone removed from the problem area and recovered sufficently to begin training again.

Physio Mick Rathbone told Everton's website: "Andy is back at Bellefield and started some light jogging."

Johnson suffered a sprained right ankle in the defeat at Upton Park on April 21 but has also had a lingering problem with his left ankle for some time.

And Rathbone said he went under the knife for corrective surgery on the longer term issue.

Rathbone added: "This work is to ensure Andy's completely ready to join in with the other lads when pre-season training starts in earnest next month."

Johnson scored 12 goals in his debut season for the Toffees after his 8.6m switch from Crystal Palace.

The 26-year-old has been the subject of recent transfer speculation with West Ham reportedly making a 13m bid, but that was immediately turned down.

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